Go straight to the survey: https://salford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/state-of-the-sector-2020
The State of the Sector survey is back and we need your help!
The last survey in 2017 found there were 1,561 community and voluntary organisations in Bolton, with an estimated income of £137 million. The sector employed the equivalent of 3,000 full time staff and 46,900 volunteers giving 113,500 hours per week, with an estimated value of £102.7 million per year.
The survey results increased the understanding of the voluntary sector and provided valuable evidence to decision makers of the important social and economic contribution the VCSE Sector brings to Bolton.
It is now time to repeat the survey as there have been significant changes within the sector, local areas and Greater Manchester. Particularly as the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 has radically changed how we live and how the sector delivers its services.
We need to know how these changes have affected our sector to enable them to continue to make a difference to people and communities in Bolton.
We are asking a wide range of organisations to take part; large national organisations, small community groups, faith based organisations and tenant’s organisations.
This research will only be useful if enough groups take part to make the response rate significant. This means it is important that as many groups as possible answer. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and not published in a way that identifies your organisation.
We will enter all returned questionnaires from any organisation with a turnover of less than £100k per year into a free prize draw to win £1,000 or two runner up prizes of £200 for their organisation.
The State of the Sector is a partnership research initiative between 10GM (a joint venture to support the VCSE sector across Greater Manchester), GMCVO and locality partners. Leading the research on behalf of the partnership will be the University of Salford.
The survey closes on 25th September 2020.
How the survey will be used
We will publish our findings in December 2020 and we will be using the evidence gathered to:
• Ensure that the GMCA / Local Authorities, NHS and CCG, the Police and local businesses are aware of the role of the voluntary and community sector in Greater Manchester.
• Influence policy and decision making as we continue to recover and move forward from the impact of the coronavirus.
• Influence commissioning and funding plans.
• Ensure that decision and policy makers locally and nationally are aware of the impact of recent cuts and public sector reform has had on local groups.
• Help plan the services and activities that 10GM and our partners provide to assist local VCSE groups.